October 5, 2020
This week will look a bit different for students. Monday and Tuesday are normal school days. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday there will be no live classes for students and no new assignments will be pushed out. On these days, students will complete the math iReady assessment and may work on previously assigned classwork and tasks.
On October 7 & 8 teachers and staff will participate in professional development to support effective implementation of comprehensive distance learning. Specifically, staff will receive information about a new distance learning tool coming to GBSD later this fall. In addition, teachers will review student engagement and student progress to date during this time of comprehensive distance learning. October 9 is a statewide Inservice day. Once each school year, educators across the state use this Inservice day to participate in professional development in a variety of academic instruction areas.
If you have any questions about online learning, please contact your child's advisory teacher or the front office at 503-663-3323. Again, thank you for partnering with us to help ensure a successful start to the school year.
Our mission is to prepare our students for the best comprehensive distance learning experience possible. We ask that you guide and support your child's learning by ensuring that they:
- Attend all classes, arrive on time, and be prepared and ready for the day's learning.
- Complete and turn in all assignments on time.
- Consistently communicate with their teachers.
- Know that you expect them to succeed in school.
Together we will make this Mission Possible!
Ms. Elise Catanese
WOMS is EPIC (Engaged, Persistent, Intentional, Career & College Ready)
iReady Math & Reading Assessments
For the next two weeks, your student(s) will be taking an online assessment in Math and Reading called iReady. Attached is a flyer with a link to a video that explains more. Please do not help your student with answers, but encourage them to do their best and know that they may not be able to answer every question. The results of the assessment will give their teachers information about how they can best support your student(s) strengths and areas of growth. If you have any questions about the assessment, please contact your student(s) teacher.
iReady Diagnostic Schedule:
- Week #1: October 5-11 - Math
- Week #2: October 12-18 - Reading
- Week #3: October 19-23 - Completion and Make-up
STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS/GRADES COMING SOON!
Students will be receiving letter grades soon. Teachers will enter grades for all students in their classes. Any student work that has been completed by 10/6 for a particular course will be factored into the letter grade assigned.
Students will receive an A-F letter grade for their core classes and will be given a mark of P or NP for the advisory. A passing mark is defined as a student completing approximately 60% of the engagement activities that have been assigned during the advisory period.
Progress reports will not be mailed home. Students and families should check their StudentVue and/or ParentVue accounts for progress report updates. Grades will be posted to ParentVue and StudentVue on Wednesday, October 14.
As always, students and parents will be able to monitor progress through both StudentVUE and ParentVUE. If you do not have a ParentVUE account at this time, please email Carla Hunt, our counseling secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you need Technology Help?
If I have further technology related questions, where can I get help?
For further technology questions, please contact our school at 503-663-3323. Our school will work to get you in touch with a staff member who is able to assist you, or pass along further information to the Technology Department. You may now also get in touch by calling our Family Tech Assistance Line at 503-258-4733.
Do you have a school issued Chromebook?
Many of you have been asking if students are required to use the district provided Chromebooks. The answer is yes. Security, firewalls, software, applications, etc. are guaranteed when our devices are used.
If you need to check out a device for your student, please contact the school's main office at (503)663-3323 to schedule an appointment. When picking up the device, please have your picture ID and your student's ID# available. Devices will be given to parents or guardians ONLY! Hours for device distribution are in blocks of 15 minutes from 8:30 am-3:30 pm.
WOMS Counseling Center
Hi, Wolverine Students & Families!
As you know, we are in "a new normal" right now at school and at home. I want to encourage each of you by saying you are not alone and there are ways to work through whatever you need and are feeling. I have compiled links that include food, community, and mental health resources. There is even a virtual calming room where students can access tools, videos, and activities helpful to their success. Please check out the WOMS Counseling Center and contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you! -Ms. Kinder
Attendance: Every Day Matters in eGBSD
Every Day Matters in eGBSD Flyer - English
Every Day Matters in eGBSD Flyer - Spanish
Daily attendance is very important to academic achievement and connection with peers. Daily attendance is required and daily participation is expected in online face-to-face class sessions.
If a student does not attend the scheduled face-to-face class during the day, an auto-dialed message will be sent to parents letting them know that the student did not attend the online lesson. The message will then explain that students can still be counted as attending the class for that day if they complete and submit any assigned work and email their teacher by the end of the day.
When there is no evidence of student interaction during a 24-hour period surrounding a scheduled school day as described, students are reported as absent for the day.
Please contact the main office at 503-663-3323 if your student is not able to participate during a daily synchronous session. It is important to know what types of activities count as attending.